The SCANPO team members represent and work in various locations across the state as one would imagine a statewide organization would in today's virtual world.
When reaching out to one of our team members, the preferred contact method is email because we can best respond to your inquires with the inclusion of hyperlinks and attachments. Our office phone numbers redirect to staff cell phones, for when SCANPO members are in need of more immediate assistance. General inquiries should use our contact us page so we can best direct you to the appropriate staff member or section of the website.
Sharon is the first point of contact for our members, answering questions, making referrals, and ensuring that our member organizations are getting the most of their membership. Her goal is increasing members’ knowledge and use of the Guiding Principles & Best Practices and developing needed services for individual SCANPO members. Do you need technical assistance with your membership? Do you need help with the Nonprofit Job Center? Do you have a question for SCANPO? Sharon's the one to call.
Sharon has worked in the nonprofit field for more than 20 years. As a trainer/consultant and project manager in child abuse prevention, she provided training and technical assistance to parents, foster parents and other helping professionals to ensure the safety and wellbeing of South Carolina’s children. Most recently, she served four years in the Georgetown County community as executive director of a crisis response and poverty intervention agency. Sharon graduated summa cum laude from Charleston Southern University with a bachelor degree in psychology and religious studies. She lives in Berkeley County with her husband, Bill Thomas, and together they are proud parents of five children who have blessed them with four grandchildren so far.
Brandi Elkins handles membership infrastructure and development along with many other important daily SCANPO activities. Brandi is a graduate from the College of Charleston where she earned her Bachelors degree in Arts Management. She is a Lowcountry native with over 14 years of successful experiences in running nonprofit organizations as an independent consultant, as a CFO, and even as an Executive Director. Brandi is an active advocate in the Lowcountry arts and theatre scene having served as Board Treasurer for the League of Charleston Theatres, a member of the Charleston Marathon’s YEA Grant Program Review Committee, and as a fiscal agent for the inaugural year of Engaging Creative Minds in the Charleston County School District. Brandi is known for being a positive & strong leader who is compassionate, unflappable, & fun.
Brandi resides in Mount Pleasant with her husband, Eric, daughter, Evelyn, and two German Shorthaired Pointers (Mosby and Ruger). She enjoys spoiling her family with home-cooked meals and is always looking for a new recipe to try. Brandi also enjoys spending time with family, laughing with friends, attending local farmers markets, and living life to its fullest.
Ben manages the day-to-day operations of the organization: finance, HR, vendor relationships, special projects, and supports the rest of the SCANPO team. Are you a vendor or business partner who'd like to offer discounts on goods and services to SCANPO's nonprofit members? Call Ben!
Ben graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2012, earning his bachelor's degree, masters in social work and masters in public administration. He studied nonprofit organizations extensively and was excited to leave the ivory tower and gain real-world experience with SCANPO. He is a board member of Camp T.A.L.K. (Teaching Advocacy and Life-skills to Kids), a nonprofit a summer day-camp for children with autism, that he helped to incorporate and gain 501(c)(3) status. He is an active member at Reformation Lutheran Church, where he sings bass-baritone in choir. Ben lives in Columbia with his partner Jeremy.
Madeleine has served as president since January 2011, bringing her passion for South Carolina's nonprofit sector and all that it does. She works closely with SCANPO's board of directors to advance services to members and the sector and is guided by SCANPO's mission, vision and core values.
Like many of our members, she has run start-ups as well as established nonprofits. She cut her teeth in nonprofit management in Georgetown in the 1980s and later led the Coastal Community Foundation for 10 years. She's also worked for local and state government, provided consulting services, is a proficient fundraiser and knows the grantmaking side as well.
Madeleine received her bachelor degree and MBA from the University of Virginia. She’s helped build Habitat houses and is a Big Sister with the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program. She is a SC Liberty Fellow, and served on Town Council for Sullivan’s Island where she continues to live with her husband, Bunky Wichmann, his three amazing children, a Boykin Spaniel named Beau and two cats.
As SCANPO's chief "bottle washer," she's eager to hear your ideas and suggestions. Watch out, she'll want to get you involved.
Debbie assumed responsibility for SCANPO’s Knowledge Network in 2015. In this consulting role she manages a variety of resources and learning experiences for SCANPO’s membership. She coordinates Wednesday Webinars, develops new training offerings and resources, identifies and establishes training partnerships with funders, and collaborates with consultants and business partners.
Debbie is delighted to bring more than 30 years of professional experience and her understanding of nonprofits and their training needs to SCANPO’s members. A 25-year resident of Greenville, South Carolina, Debbie is the president and founder of DNA Creative Communications, a woman-owned public relations and inspirational marketing firm for nonprofit organizations. Under Debbie’s leadership, in 2010 DNA founded Shine the Light Nonprofit Forums, an annual training program in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greenville, the United Way of Greenville County, and the Hollingsworth Funds.
Debbie and her husband Fred have two grown sons, Chris who lives in Brooklyn, New York and Turner who lives in Charleston. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys walking the Sullivan’s Island beach with her boxers Lily and Gracie, knitting for family and friends, and reading to children at Overbrook Child Development Center.
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SCANPO is pleased to work with its business partners, whose help allows SCANPO staff to focus on directly working with South Carolina's nonprofits.
Clay Grayson and his law firm, Grayson Thomas, serve as general counsel of SCANPO, and provide on-going legal services in support its mission and programs.
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